Left Hand Technique (Guitar Lesson)


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David Isaacs

Left Hand Technique

Dave Isaacs takes a look at left hand technique with this lesson. He explains how the hand works with the neck and fretboard and corrects some common mistakes most beginners and intermediate level players make.

Taught by David Isaacs in Effortless Guitar seriesLength: 10:00Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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raskewraskew replied on November 11th, 2016

So true about the weight of the fretting arm being more than sufficient to stop the string(s) for single notes and most chords. It follows, logically, that the primary use of the thumb is not so much to oppose the fingers, but as a reference for hand position and to stabilize the hand.

SteveHardsSteveHards replied on October 21st, 2016

Thank you for all your beginners lessons which have set me up to start playing with more confidence. I will keep going back to the lessons but this is a wonderful addition to your clear teachings.

cehodgin2cehodgin2 replied on January 24th, 2016

It looks as if you are laying your hand down when you reach for the 5th & 6th frets. Doesn't this deaden the 4th & 5th strings then?

Sambo3737Sambo3737 replied on November 7th, 2015

Guitar Zen Master...Awesome!

jackphotocajackphotoca replied on October 18th, 2015

A good and vital lesson. Distraction while drilling technique continues to be a struggle for me. I even started figuring out and practicing the lick you were using to demonstrate your point while listening to the lesson. Must try harder to focus.

pete81pete81 replied on September 27th, 2015

Good grief. Wish I would've learned this years ago. Thanks.

raskewraskew replied on November 11th, 2016

I feel that way about everything I learn.

ViolaViola replied on September 23rd, 2015

Good to hear you talk about the anatomy off the left hand and the way you explained the effortless use of the left hand I certainly will use your info in my practice. Thanks for your thoughts.

tone-88tone-88 replied on September 22nd, 2015

What's that on the nut of your guitar ? Looks like capo, but what's it doing on the nut ?

grburgessgrburgess replied on June 10th, 2015

Important video. Now I'm going to ask myself a lot of questions.

ealunlloydealunlloyd replied on June 8th, 2012

Man I've been playing for ever, I am graduated from a music conservatory and I would've loved to have this lesson on the early days, great lesson, very important one! thanks man! and hello from Argentina

iamawizardiamawizard replied on May 7th, 2012

hello left hand

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied on March 29th, 2012

Very serious here; I like the way he only plays to illustrate. Good concept that I will try.

jessman25jessman25 replied on March 28th, 2012

I appreciate your easy relaxed style. I am looking forward to your future lessons.

layollayol replied on March 27th, 2012

Thanks for the lesson David...great teaching! Look forward to what's next. Doug

gimangiman replied on March 26th, 2012

More please!

davewhitedavewhite replied on March 26th, 2012

Great lesson - thanks!

nicolas krakennicolas kraken replied on March 26th, 2012

Thanks for the lesson. Although there's not really much "exercises" in there, I feel like what you said about exercises in general really helps. Looking forward to the next lesson.

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Lesson 1

Effortless Guitar Primer

JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with a focus on efficiency of motion.

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Left Hand Technique

Dave Isaacs takes a look at left hand technique with this lesson. He explains how the hand works with the neck and fretboard and corrects some common mistakes most beginners and intermediate level players...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Flat Picking Technique

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Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

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Dave teaches you how to open up the fretboard by learning chords built from scales. In this lesson and most lessons in his series, Dave assumes that the student knows the major and minor scales as well...

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Economical Chord Changes

Building upon his last lesson, Dave shows you some ways to change between chords efficiently. This lesson is aimed at self-taught intermediate players but may benefit beginners as well.

Length: 7:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Barre Chords

Dave Isaacs continues his lessons on chord technique with this lesson on barre chords (also known as bar chords). In this lesson he shows simple but effective ways to play barre chords efficiently. He...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

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Dave shows you how to connect a chord together in a progression even if it is not in the same diatonic key of the progression. In this lesson Dave assumes you have some basic knowledge of scale and chord...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Fingerstyle Technique

David Isaacs explores the intricacies of fingerstyle picking and the different methods that can be used. He explains how your right hand works while fingerpicking and how to find what works for you.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Adding Melody To Your Arpeggio Patterns

Dave Isaacs shows you how to add melody lines to your fingerstyle arpeggio progressions. As with all his lessons in this series a certain amount of knowledge is assumed and Dave focuses on helping you...

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Effective Practice Habits For Adults

Dave lays out his life long experiences related to practicing and guitar. If you have limited time to practice and want to get the most out of your time, you need to watch this lesson.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About David Isaacs View Full Biography Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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